To collect the different experiences of secondary school teachers who have already implemented educational resources and participated in various activities of the Xplore Health program for health promotion, we will do several interviews with education professionals. Today, we begin the series with Marcel Costa, professor of secondary and teacher of the Master of the Secondary Teacher of the University Pompeu Fabra.
Marcel, what is your experience with inquiry based science education, cooperative learning and formative evaluation?
My experience is very good. Following these methodologies, I have generally observed an improvement in student learning, which in particular becomes more significant.
Does bringing current research into classrooms help improving the learning of science? How?
It clearly does, bridging the gap between current research and education brings wonderful contexts to generate activities that improve scientific learning.
When explaining science, should it be done taking into account the social context and its ethical and legal aspects?
Yes, because with this approach we give a broader and more real vision of scientific activity and its impact to the society.
Do you think the Xplore Health portal is a good tool to promote didactic innovation? Why?
Indeed, the portal is a very good tool because it provides very practical contexts and appropriate didactic approaches. The tiching guides, which can be found on the Xplore Health portal, encourage collaboration with different social actors.
How do you value this type of interactions during the educational process?
Yes, they promote it and I value this positively. However, in these cases lack of time is the great enemy.
What resources and aspects do you think make Xplore Health a different and useful educational program for high school science teaching? The educational and multimedia resources offered by the portal are based on very present and current research projects. In addition, a benefit of these materials is that they have been developed in full collaboration with researchers.
What competencies do you think that Xplore Health promotes and they are generally left aside in science classes on a regular basis?
There are many, but especially those that make reference to the nature of science.
Do you think that high school research thesis is a good opportunity for students to collaborate with other social actors? How could this collaboration be facilitated from other areas? Yes, it is a great opportunity and should be more encouraged. In addition, other disciplines should also focus on finding links between knowledge creation activities and the stakeholders and social actors involved.
At Xplore Health we foster educational innovation through inquiry based science education, project based learning, group dynamics and formative evaluation. At the same time, we encourage the interaction of students with different stakeholders to participate as responsible citizens in a knowledge-based society. Do you think that in 2050 there will be some educational centers not joining this initiative? Why?
I wish there will not be, which would mean that the whole world has joined this methodologies. However, changes are slow...